Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2019 Culminates Overnight

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2019 Culminates Overnight

'The Lyrid meteor shower is named as such because it appears to radiate from the constellation Lyra, though it is better to view the Lyrids away from this constellation so they appear longer and more impressive'.

People in the Northern Hemisphere, including Qatar, have a good chance of seeing the Lyrids meteor shower as it will illuminate the sky from this evening until dawn Tuesday, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower, which this year is lighting the nightsky from April 16-25, and the peak is expected tonight into tomorrow morning.

The Lyrids are marked by fast and bright meteors, sometimes reaching rate of up to 100 per hour. In general, 10-20 Lyrid meteors can be seen per hour during their peak. The peak of the shower will be on Monday, April 22.

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NASA said: "The Lyrids are best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere during the day hours - after moonset and before dawn". Find a spot away from artificial light, get comfortable and look up.

The shower occurs this time each year when Earth's orbit crosses paths with that of Comet Thatcher.

Go somewhere as dark as possible and make sure you give your eyes enough time to adjust to the darkness. The site also cautions against using telescopes and binoculars, since the showers take up the entire sky and the tools will only narrow the viewer's scope.

A Lyrid Meteor is pictured in the Anza-Borrego Desert in California. Every year when the Earth passes through the debris, it allows for the colorful bits to collide with its atmosphere, where they disintegrate, creating fiery and colorful streaks in the sky.

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